The donations began on Feb. 2 as part of the hospitals’ annual “Tutu for 2/2” fundraiser, in which staff members from administration, clinical care and other hospital departments were nominated to wear a tutu for a designated amount of time as well as donate $5 to the cause.
“The March of Dimes continues to take part in research efforts that have made a significant difference in contributing to the survival of our tiniest patients,” said Rebecca Coviello,” coordinator of the fundraiser and director of pediatrics, the pediatric intensive care unit and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Chippenham Hospital. “Fighting for the cause of premature babies is entrenched in the hearts of all NICU nurses.”
This is the second year the hospitals have taken part in the fundraising efforts. The idea started with Anita Toone, a Chippenham NICU nurse who sought to involve hospital employees in the cause. This year, the efforts also included employees from Chippenham Hospital’s Swift Creek ER.
“Together with our supporters like Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals, March of Dimes advocates for policies that prioritize the health of moms and babies,” said Laura Dwyer, development manager, March of Dimes. “March of Dimes unites local communities across the nation through programs and events and funds scientific research at our Prematurity Research Centers to improve the health of moms and babies.”
For more information, visit www.marchofdimes.org.